“Why Does America Seem Cursed?” by Todd Strandberg

There can be no doubt that 2011 is now the most calamity-prone year in American history. Three weeks ago, I wrote that the U.S. has set a record for the year with the most costly weather disasters. By the time the year is over, we could have $200 billion in weather-related losses.

Hurricane Irene has added $14 billion to the tab, and it is only the tenth billion-dollar weather event of the year. Amazingly, the hurricane was only a category 1 storm when it made landfall. Irene was able to inflict so much damage by having a perfect track over the most populated area of the East Coast.

Tropical Storm Lee was another weak storm that inflicted heavy losses. It never reached hurricane status, but it generated misery through relentless rainfall. Lee broke no less than eight major records for flooding.

The losses from the Texas drought continue to add up. It is now the worst dry spell in the history of that state. I can see the effects of the drought here in Arkansas. Every time I drive to Little Rock, I see at least ten trucks hauling massive loads of hay in the direction of the Lone Star State. So much hay is being moved to Texas on Interstate 30 that a layer of hay is building up on the side of the road.

Not all of America’s problems are weather related. Our nation has been struggling with a financial crisis for the past three years. You would have to go back to the days of the Great Depression to find a longer period of economic stagnation. Right now, Washington is trying to come up with a plan that creates new jobs.

You can see our downfall in various lists that are used to track the wealth status of nations. We no longer have the tallest buildings, the fastest trains, the busiest ports, or the most cars. The only category we lead in is that we are the country with the largest national debt.

Most prophecy-minded Christians would point to our relationship with God as the source of our national troubles. We are already blessed wildly beyond the average citizen of most other nation. In the U.S., the average person makes $47,200 per year. In the nation of China, $7,519 is the average annual income. Near the bottom of the list, a person in Zimbabwe earns only $400 per year.

The question is: Why are we losing God’s special blessing on our nation? I’m sure most of you folks are aware of the “blessing and curse” prophecy regarding how nations treat Israel. God warned in His Holy Bible:

“I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3).

I think our dealing with Israel is a major factor in why we have so many problems, but I don’t think it is the main reason. If it was, we could just elect a pro-Israel president and all these storm clouds would vanish.

Years of slowly turning our back on God has caused us to lose our hedge of divine protection. The attack of 9/11 is probably the most striking indication that our enemies no longer fear us. When I was a kid, all the major terrorism was in Europe or the Middle East. Now, the only way we are able to keep evildoers away from our door is by transforming our homeland into a giant police state.

There is no easy formula for getting back to our glory days as a nation. It would take a revival movement to change our course. The Old Testament example of Israel proves how difficult it is to change the hearts of people when a nation forgets God.

For years, I have received a continuous stream of email from people who do not believe in Bible prophecy. One of their biggest complaints has been my warning of greater natural disasters in the coming days. I don’t get as much mail on this subject any more. I think it’s because people no longer see my forecast as something of pure fantasy. It’s happening now, and they now view it as a threat. I still stand by the same warning that I would write people back with: “If my luck with the end-time signs doesn’t run out soon, yours will.”

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

— Todd

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